Honey Bees and Crop Pollination Issues, Including CCD

It should be common knowledge these days that honey bees play a vital role in crop pollination. And we should all know by now that this essential player in the perpetuation of our food chain, the honey bee, is under threat. It isn\’t just impacting the production of natural hive substances like royal jelly and bee pollen, the issue runs much deeper than that.

Widespread use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers to increase crop yield are causing a serious problem with the bees. These chemicals are being absorbed by the honey bees and transported back into the beehive and are eventually leading the the destruction of the hive. Scientists have coined the term \”Colony Collapse Disorder\”, or CCD, to label this \’phenomenon\’.

We\’re at a point in the history of our planet where the earth\’s population has greatly exceeded the point where its natural resource levy can sustain us. Food, water, irrigation for crop growing, life-sustainable ambient temperature, and in certain areas, clean and safe air for breathing, are all issues we are concerned about on our rapidly expanding planet. This is not a good time to be introducing the issue of CCD.

Frustrating to many is the fact that CCD is clearly a man-made issue and thus resolvable by retracing our steps to the point where the issue began to occur. This has already been done around Europe, and without contention the culprit has been identified as specific types of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Naturally these harmful pesticides were quickly withdrawn from the market in Europe, so why not here in the USA? – We don\’t really understand the reasons why.

Perhaps, the profits are just too high to pull these specific pesticides of the market, and perhaps the company (or companies) involved are too \’powerful\’ to be overridden by any Federal agencies.

So how deep does the problem run? Well given the rather intricate balance of the planet with regard to population and available/sustainable food supply, it really couldn\’t be any worse.

But also of concern is the fact that beehive products are used so widely in many of the different products which we see on supermarket shelves. Royal Jelly is used extensively as a vitamin supplement, as is bee pollen, propolis and honey. Honey is used widely in the food industry as a natural sweetener and even in skin care and cosmetic products, as is royal jelly. These substances were once found abundantly in hives in the US, but it is becoming more difficult to source them, thus more and more is imported from overseas.

For those of us who take bee products for their nutritional benefit, we know the advantages of using domestically sourced ingredients – quality, purity, integrity of manufacture, to name but a few. But how can we continue to use \’premium\’ domestic ingredients when the local supplies are becoming more and more difficult (thus expensive) to source?

There are ways in which we can respond to this situation. Most European countries have identified the harmful chemicals and removed them from the marketplace. They\’ve seen an uptake in hive population directly proportional to their removal of the harmful pesticides. We can do the same here in the USA. Like all successful \’movements\’ over the centuries it begins with increasing mainstream awareness. Help spread the word and increase awareness of these issues affecting our food supply by using the powerful social media tools available to you like Google for research and Facebook/Twitter for sharing information with your friends.

The author is a published researcher and author of popular health books featuring propolis products from the beehive. Researching and writing extensively on royal jelly, the benefits of bee pollen and propolis, the author has distributed his natural health books and products into over 120 countries around the world. You can learn more about the many and varied benefits of propolis Royal Jelly, honeybees and CCD

The author is a published researcher and author of popular health books featuring propolis products from the beehive. Researching and writing extensively on royal jelly, the benefits of bee pollen and propolis – learn more here http://thenaturalshopper.com

Author Bio: The author is a published researcher and author of popular health books featuring propolis products from the beehive. Researching and writing extensively on royal jelly, the benefits of bee pollen and propolis, the author has distributed his natural health books and products into over 120 countries around the world. You can learn more about the many and varied benefits of propolis Royal Jelly, honeybees and CCD

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